Tech news alert: E3 is in full swing, and SONY and Microsoft are throwing game-changing haymakers left and right. Both brands are rolling out lots of cool new stuff, with SONY focusing more on game announcements while Microsoft stresses console updates and other big picture developments. Here are some of the highlights…
Death Stranding: Famed developer Hideo Kojima surprised E3 audiences with an early trailer for a new Kojima Production, Death Stranding, a PlayStation 4 exclusive release. The game’s protagonist is played by Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus, who has worked with Kojima once before. A release date has not been announced.
Xbox Project Scorpio: This 2017 console boasts a whopping 6 teraflops of processing power (compared to the current Xbox One’s 1.31), plus a much-improved 320GB/s of memory bandwidth. Microsoft says that this system boasts more than enough hardware to accommodate a VR headset and run regular games at 4K resolution. Woop woop.
PlayStation Virtual Reality: Set to release October 13th, SONY’s new Virtual Reality feature for the PlayStation 4 starts at $399. Featuring 50 initial launch titles including Farpoint, Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing VR Mission and Final Fantasy XV, it’s sure to give audiences a much more immersive experience.
Horizon: Zero Dawn: One of PlayStations 4’s most hotly anticipated IPs debuted lengthy new gameplay at E3. Set in a massive open world, Zero Dawn features futuristic abilities, primitive weapons and fights against massive robotic dinosaurs. Release is scheduled for a February 28th, 2017.
Days Gone: According to the PlayStation blog, this new biker-themed action game from SONY Bend is about “desperation, hope, transformation, loss, madness, discovery, friendship, exploration, brotherhood, regret and love. In the end, Days Gone is about what makes us human. It’s about how even when confronted with such enormous tragedy, we find a reason to live. Hope never dies.” Days Gone does not have an official release date yet.
Xbox One S: This new console will be available for purchase in early August. Forty percent smaller than the original Xbox One, it includes a built-in power supply and a 2-terrabyte hardrive, can be placed horizontally or vertically with an optional stand and will cost $299.
Call Of Duty: The newest installment of the highly acclaimed Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare, will hit shelves November 4th. Also, Call of Duty Modern Waefare: Remastered will only be available with a bundled purchase of a premium edition of Infinite Warefare, available 30 days prior to November 4th for all PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Xbox Play Anywhere: This new development lets users buy a game once and play it seamlessly across both the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms. It’s another move that demonstrates Microsoft’s dedication to innovating new technology to enhance the gamer experience.
Crash Bandicoot Remastered: Both Sony and Activision will release fully remastered versions of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot and Crash Bandicoot Warped for the PS4, however release dates have not been specified yet. Also, Crash Bandicoot will appear in the upcoming Skylanders Imaginators game, scheduled for release this October.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A new trailer for the game was unveiled at E3, along with the announcement that the full version of the game will be available June 28th for all major consoles. It’s Legos and Star Wars, so it will most likely be awesome.